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Spotlight: Scott Joseph Reviews Forever Naan

Photo courtesy of Scott Joseph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide
Photo courtesy of Scott Joseph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide

This review is abridged for broadcast. Find the full version of the review at Scott Joseph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide on this page.

I don’t know why it’s taken so long for an Indian restaurant to take advantage of the street name Curry Ford, but Forever Naan has finally stepped up with the subname Curry Street Grill.

It’s a little slip of a place near the corner of Conway Road in a strip that holds a pawn shop (once a Blockbuster Video) and a payday loan business. If I remember correctly, the space that Forever Naan occupies was once a Hungry Howie’s Pizza. So we’re not talking the toniest district.

It’s a small restaurant and more suited to takeout. The menu is as compact as the space, with seven curries, three vegetarian and four non. For my takeout order, I selected the Butter Chicken and the Lamb Curry. I also got an order of Samosas for an appetizer.

The chickpea flour of the samosa turnovers was crisp. Inside was a seasoned mixture of potatoes and peas. The tamarind dipping chutney added a nice note.

The Butter Chicken had a smooth gravy tinged with tomatoes, its myriad spices tempered with a bit of cream. The chunks of chicken were tender, and it all tasted great on the turmeric rice.

The Lamb Curry was more complex. The meat did not have any lamby characteristics. It was just mild.

Not that the dish lacked flavor or seasoning. In fact, I have never seen so many bay leaves in one small dish. I easily fished out half a dozen. There were also a couple of whole woody cinnamon sticks. I definitely crunched down on a couple of whole cloves. This curry had a more oily component. A Deepwater Horizon-sized slick covered the top. All of these components could have made a great curry, even the fat. But instead of coming together to form a complete dish, they stood alone.

The naan had a nice pullable texture and buttery note. The bread was topped with crunchy black nigella seeds.

Most of the curries are a reasonable $10.95. The lamb curry is a dollar more — all those bay leaves are expensive.

Nicole came to Central Florida to attend Rollins College and started working for Orlando’s ABC News Radio affiliate shortly after graduation. She joined WMFE in 2010. As a field reporter, news anchor and radio show host in the City Beautiful, she has covered everything from local arts to national elections, from extraordinary hurricanes to historic space flights, from the people and procedures of Florida’s justice system to the changing face of the state’s economy.
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